In The Top Ten

USC Marshall ranked in top 10 best MBA programs for entrepreneurship

March 13, 2019

Poets & Quants, an online publication that covers all things business-school related, has ranked USC Marshall in its 2019 Top 10 Best MBA programs for entrepreneurship.

USC Marshall was ranked number six, in the company of business schools including Stanford, Babson College, Harvard, NYU Sloan and Wharton.

"We are proud and honored to be recognized as number 6 in this prestigious group of Best MBA Programs for Entrepreneurs,” said Helena Yli-Renko, Director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, holder of the Orfalea Director’s Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies and professor of clinical entrepreneurship.

This ranking by Poets and Quants is particularly relevant, she noted. “It is a composite ranking that takes into account a range of different metrics, including the amount of funding raised by startups, academic peer surveys, and alumni surveys.

“Our strong placement is a testament to the breadth of our entrepreneurship offerings, including both the academic courses and programs, as well as our outstanding venture incubation initiatives, such as the Marshall Venture Fund, the Marshall Incubator, and the Blackstone Launchpad,” she said.

The Marshall Incubator recently accepted its 100th startup.

USC Marshall was the first business school to establish an integrated program specifically for entrepreneurial studies nearly 50 years ago. Lloyd Greif (MBA ’79), was one of the first MBA students to focus on entrepreneurship. Not surprisingly, he went on to successfully launch his own investment banking firm. His 1997 gift founded and named the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies